‘We never thought we’d ever have a crowd like this’
Over 2,000 punters made their way to the 2012 Robe River Rodeo at Pannawonica last Saturday for a weekend of cowboys, rock n roll and bull riding.
Don Inall, President of the Robe River Rodeo Committee said during the day the crowd was the biggest he has seen since the first rodeo 18 years ago.
At night, after the kids were put to bed, the bar was at its capacity of 1,000 people, with punters being turned away.
Innall said the event was a huge success with all aspects running smoothly.
“It was a real good turnout,” he said. “There was a lot of people, too many actually, we ran out of beer in the end!”
The Rodeo was not short on competitors either, with riders coming from as far as Darwin and Alice Springs.
“Campdraft was down 30 or 40 competitors from last year, but we still had plenty to keep us busy,” said Inall.
Winners Joe Pederick, Frank Angel and Bruce Trenaman all tied to take out the Campdraft Pilbara Perpetual trophy.
Aneeka Ronchi-Cousins won the Junior Pilbara Perpetual trophy and Alex Gibbs won the Juvenile Pilbara Perpetual trophy,
Allround Cowboy – Mick Collins
Allround Cowgirl – Eise Croft
Bull Ride – Carl Green
Saddle Bronc – Carl Green
Bareback Bronc – Cameron Day
Steer Wrestling – Mick Collins
Rope and Tie – Brett Sherlock
Team Roping – Grant Edwards and Rayner Duxorth
Ladies Barrel Race – Sally Latham
Ladies Steer Undecorating – Elise Croft
Juvenile Steer Ride – Gary Barnes
Juvenile Barrel Race 14-U18 – Sally Latham
Junior Barrel Race 11-U14 – Taya Hill
Junior Barrel Race U11 – Jack Collins
Inall says the event is getting bigger and better every year.
So big, he said, that the committee are looking at big changes.
“With the area we originally built, we never thought we’d ever have a crowd like this,” he said.
“Each year it’s getting bigger.
“We can’t move it but we’re going to to make adjustments.”